Marla Blinds


Marla custom blinds franchise

Low cost, low risk and with genuinely flexible working hours… how you can start your own business for only £7995!

What sort of opportunity are you looking for? Would you like to:

  • Run your own business from home?
  • Work locally with minimal overheads?
  • Spend more time with your family?D
  • ecide when you work?
  • Be in control of how much you earn?

What if you could enjoy all of those benefits and be part of a family-run brand that, in almost two decades of trading, has built a reputation for integrity and exceptional customer service? That way, you can rest assured that your success is as important to the franchisor as it is to you. After all, they have 20 years of their lives invested in their brand.

With start-up costs of less than £8,000, the Marla Custom Blinds franchise offers you a low-cost entry with rapid returns on your investment. And what’s more, you really do decide the hours you work so that you can easily fit the business around your family life.

Are you really ready to change your life ?

What concerns might you have about investing in a franchise? Is it the leap of faith; that move away from the security of PAYE to the freedoms of business ownership? Is it the perceived risks associated with self-employment, or are you worried that your money and your future will be safe?

Perhaps you’re certain you want to work for yourself, but just can’t decide which business or concept is right for you.

All of these are legitimate concerns and ones that Marla Custom Blinds founders, Angela and Martin Froud, had when they started their business some 20 years ago. But back then they didn’t have the security and reassurance of any of this:

Two weeks of comprehensive training so that you hit the ground running and get the fastest return on your investment

Ongoing support from the franchisor to help you grow and develop your own business, and avoid any costly mistakes

A comprehensive Franchise Operations Manual with 20 years of expertise that covers everything you need to know about running your new business

A launch marketing campaign worth £3,000 with proven promotional activities that will get you leads, appointment and sales

A start-up pack of promotional marketing materials so that you don’t have to spend thousands creating logos, adverts, brochures or flyers

Your own personalised contact details on the Marla Custom Blinds website that is optimised to generate leads for you locally, and so that you don’t have to spend thousands designing and building your own website

A starter kit containing tools and equipment with everything you’ll need to operate your business

You get all of that for just £7,995 + vat!

…and you’ll also receive:

A bespoke software package
A supply of Marla Custom Blinds branded uniforms
Business cards and a stationery pack
Your own personalised Marla Custom Blinds van livery
A five-year renewable licence and an exclusive territory to operate in

Who are Marla Custom Blinds?

Marla Custom Blinds has been manufacturing and selling blinds for almost 20 years. With high profile customers ranging from the BBC to the NHS, the company’s products can be found in homes and conservatories – as well as commercial properties – throughout the South West of England. Company founders, Angela and Martin Froud, are now looking for serious applicants who are keen to prosper running their own business in the blinds industry.

What’s so great about blinds?

Blinds are an in-demand purchase for homes and businesses throughout the UK. In fact, due to EU legislation that ensures employees are provided with a comfortable working environment, blinds can actually be a legal requirement! And if you take a look at all of the houses, flats, shops and offices in your area, you’ll quickly realise that bathrooms and kitchens aren’t the only places that benefit from blinds.

So, do you need to have experience fitting blinds and awnings?

Not at all. If you can assemble basic flat pack furniture and know one end of a tape measure from the other, you’ll be fine. Having the confidence to deal with people in a sales capacity and the determination to succeed in your own business are more important than any practical skills.

What training will you receive?

Training is only effective when put to use in the real world, and in the real world of business, problems can arise. That’s why, after one week of in-house training, you are encouraged to begin trading before returning for a second week. The great thing is that the second week doesn’t have to be taken in one block – it can be broken up in any way you choose so you can set your own learning pace, while you trade.

You will receive support from the moment you decide you want to become a Marla Custom Blinds franchise owner. Support with your business plan, registering for VAT, sorting out a van and any other aspect associated with establishing and getting your business ready to trade.. As soon as you finish the initial weeks training and you are ready to start trading your support begins in your territory, helping you make appointments, help and tips on installations, support with conservatory roof surveys and support on all manner of things that will contribute to your business being successful.

The franchise owner for East Devon, Steve Hartland says: “The support from Marla Custom Blinds has been fantastic. They’ve been brilliant and have gone well beyond the call of duty”.

When will you see a return on your investment?

As a Marla Custom Blinds franchisee making an average profit of £350 on conservatory blinds alone, you only need two jobs each week to earn a healthy income. Marla Custom Blinds recently completed two commercial blind fitting jobs: the first made the company an impressive £13,000; the second, a staggering £20,000. That’s £33,000 from just two jobs.

The £3,000 of local marketing included in your franchise package is placed as soon as you start, so you will be meeting customers very quickly. In reality, it can take a week or so for enquiries to come in, but the product turnaround is so fast you could see a total return on investment – even after taking a decent income – within just six months.

Is this business suitable for one person, or more?

With Marla Custom Blinds you decide what type of business you want to build. You could:

  • Operate a single vehicle from home and enjoy very little pressure
  • Build a multi-van, management operation and benefit from greater income
  • Run your own retail business from a hight street showroom

The choice is yours, but the more you do the greater the reward. Marla Custom Blinds started out as a home-based business, but then grew from there as local customer demand increased.

Is your investment safe?

With Marla Custom Blinds you are minimising your risk by choosing a British Franchise Association accredited franchise, and one that’s been in business for almost 20 years. On top of that, Marla Custom Blinds is a member of:

The British Blinds and Shutters Association (BBSA)
The Trading Standards backed scheme, Buy With Confidence

And remember, the Frouds have spent the last 20 years building a brand with an enviable reputation for quality and service. They are not going to let anyone threaten or damage that reputation, and since their brand is in your hands locally, Angela & Martin have a vested interest in making your business work!

What happens next?

If you can see yourself running your own franchised blinds operation, selling bespoke products to homes and businesses in your area, we would love to hear from you today.

Once you make contact, you will receive further information and we will await your call. There will be no high pressure sales calls. If you like what you read, and Angela & Martin feel you are right for this business, we will arrange an informal meeting so that you can visit the factory and meet the rest of the team.

To find out more please complete the enquiry form below

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